3 Things Massage Therapists Hear That I'd Like To Respond To:
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1) "You can't hurt me, go as deep as you want"...
We don't want to hurt you! The point of all massage sessions is to find what's ailing you and help let it go. There isn't always need for torture chamber style pressure, some days we need less and that will be more than enough. In spas where deep tissue is an upcharge, I've seen clients circle back on pressure preference and request more of a medium pressured approach. You might want that pressure, but your body might not. You/we have to listen to the body, there are times the tissue is not relaxed enough to allow the work to be done, even after all the effleurage in the world. Ignoring this and pounding further into this tissue may cause injury. That injury may also become permanent. Nmm does not upcharge for changed minds, so sessions are always based on client preference. We let your body's needs guide the session.
2) "You're working in the wrong area, my pain is here"...
We're very aware of your pain centers, in fact we're so aware that we also know that entire muscle group, how it functions when injured, and distal and local muscles in that group that need attention. If that one angry guy (muscle) is going to release, think of it as if you're trying to convince someone that their buddy is a little angry, needs a snickers. You might speak to the calmer buddy, then they can help coerce the angry guy with relaxing a little bit. Most muscle groups work as teams!
3) "I need deep tissue"...
You might, but the attention to online buzzwords seems to drive reasons for booking more than personal necessity. If it is your first massage, deep tissue might feel like torture to you. We don't need an exorbitant amount of pressure all over the entire body to release tension. In fact, many deep tissue sessions may kick your injury further down the hill. We don't want that. An educated bodyworker will know when and where to apply the most pressure and do this with caution. Deep tissue is not just a massage therapist buzzword, it's an actual modality. Trust us!
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Nicole Miller has been a body practitioner over 13 years, a student of yoga over 15 years and an instructor of yoga over 3 years. She is excited to share her knowledge of in home care with minimal outside intervention.